My research interests in cultural and historical geography are wide-ranging and I seek to explore the geographical dimensions of a series of themes, including science and technology studies, critical military geography and more-than-human geographies.
My AHRC doctoral thesis focused on the historical geography of modern camouflage in the British military. My research into cultures and geographies of conflict charted a multi-faceted biography of camouflage technology, narrated through the intersections between the lives of a technology and scientist. Through considering the more-than-human spatialities of camouflage's development, the history of an ambiguous invention was uncovered, subverting a long dominant narrative of camouflage as a benign technology, revealing a jarring technology, combining aesthetic and artistic appreciation with complex scientific theory, to guileful or most deadly effect.
Currently, I am undertaking research into the development of covert warfare in the desert in WWII in order to analyse the entangled relationship between military mobilities, battlespace ecologies and phenomological experiences of conflict. Further, I am exploring a biography of a Polish Army bear as a means to develop ideas arising from these research projects concerning conceptual understandings of the 'natures' of war.
I am keen to supervise the following topics:
Military technologies and their impacts on the geographies of war
Cultures of warfare and embodied experiences of conflict
Covert geographies of war
Animal and more-than-human geographies
Historical geographies of the desert
2017. On the edges of military mobilities Political Geography. 56, 48-50
FORSYTH, I., 2016. Desert Journeys: From exploration to covert operations The Geographical Journal. 182(3), 226-235
INGRAM, A. FORSYTH, I. AND GAULD, N., 2016. Beyond geopower: earthly and anthropic geopolitics in The Great Game by War Boutique cultural geographies. 23(4), 635-652
FORSYTH, I., 2016. Biography and the Military Archive. In: WILLIAM, A. JENKINGS, N. RECH, M. & WOODWARD, R., ed., The Routledge Companion to Military Research Methods Routledge Handbooks. 44-57